The Mattheis Ranch CE is one of the largest ever in Alberta, and was designed to provide perpetual protection of a large tract of rangeland. It also allows for the creation of a perpetual endowment for the University’s RRI research and education program. While the University of Alberta will manage this working ranch using sound scientific principles, Western Sky’s involvement guarantees that its significant natural values will be conserved in perpetuity, or in other words, safeguarding its natural resiliency.
Located north of Brooks, within the dry mixed grass natural sub-region of Alberta, Mattheis ranch is part of a larger contiguous tract of rangeland with diverse topography, vegetation and wildlife. It is well managed and productive agricultural land with some energy activity. The Ranch is mostly intact, featuring highly diverse prairie adjacent to the Red Deer River. It contains natural and irrigation fed wetlands, vegetated sand hills, and shrublands and provides habitat to 30 species at risk.